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V.20 No.27 |

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Deadly snake watch

King Cobra comes to the BioPark

In April the BioPark acquired two deadly sea snakes. Now it has added another deadly herpetological specimen to the fold.

There is no venomous snake in the world that can reach the length of a fully grown king cobra (up to 18 feet). But the BioPark says not to worry about this slithery 12-foot addition, who hails from Iowa. "Although king cobras are normally aggressive and eat other snakes, this cobra is quite docile and eats mice," the park writes in a press release.

But not so fast. The press release also says that fully grown cobras are capable of killing adult elephants, and that they show "signs of advanced thinking such as problem solving."

If I were locked in a cage and were an advanced problem solver, I can think of about one problem I would try to solve first. After accomplishing such a task, I could then think of a few other problems to solve—namely with the use of my almighty venom.

V.20 No.24 |

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Poisonous Sea Snakes Invade BioPark

... Run!

Like many of you, I find snakes as fascinating and seductive as I do terrifying. They can be unpredictable and intimidating in their exotic, alluring beauty.  Wait—are we still taking about snakes here? Anywho, it seems the BioPark decided it would be the ideal place to raise two venomous snakes rescued from an "accidental capture." Apparently, the snakes got tangled in with a fish shipment of some sort, and ended up in Cali. These snakes, dear cowboys and girls, are not your average rattlers. They are Hydrophis fasciatus, sea snakes from India considered to be among the deadliest species on planet Earth.  I imagine I'm not the only citizen of the Duke City that considers this a bad idea. The irony here is that these snakes are also among the more fragile of reptiles and almost never survive in captivity. Experts are on the case and reptile enthusiasts are aroused by the prospect of these two slinky scoundrels making the BioPark their long-term crib. Will this be a break-through for zoo keepers and serpent-lovers alike, or a deadly tragedy for some unlucky zoo-goer that most obviously could have been avoided? To snake lovers partial to the two-eyed variety, I say visit the BioPark this summer if you must, but be sure to bring your anti-venom.